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Russian trade in goods with North Korea in Q3 2017

by Russian Foreign Trade
based on data from the Federal Customs Service of Russia
The Report on Russia’s foreign trade in goods with North Korea in the third quarter of 2017: exports, imports, products, dynamics.

Russia’s Trade with North Korea

In the 3rd quarter of 2017, Russia’s trade with North Korea was $13,122,769, down 19.59% ($3,196,596) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 were $11,684,019, down 24.66% ($3,825,151) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 totaled $1,438,750, up 77.58% ($628,555) from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

Russia’s trade surplus with North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 was $10,245,269, a 30.30% decrease ($4,453,706) over the 3rd quarter of 2016.

North Korea was Russia’s 112th largest trading partner in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 113th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0090% of Russia’s total trade (down from 0.0134% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

North Korea was Russia’s 96th largest export market in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 97th in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0137% of Russia’s total exports (down from 0.0216% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

North Korea was Russia’s 122nd largest supplier in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (up from 123rd in the 3rd quarter of 2016), accounting for 0.0024% of Russia’s total imports (up from 0.0016% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

Russia’s Exports to North Korea

The major share of Russian exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 82.18% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (94.75% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Food products and agricultural raw materials (HS codes 01-24) - 11.27% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (0.71% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 4.20% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (2.62% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 1.58% of Russia’s total exports to North Korea (1.81% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes (HS code 15) - an increase of $604,059;
  • Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten (HS code 11) - an increase of $258,614;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $209,467;
  • Pharmaceutical products (HS code 30) - an increase of $179,621;
  • Cereals (HS code 10) - an increase of $152,972;
  • Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates (HS code 03) - an increase of $118,940;
  • Miscellaneous edible preparations (HS code 21) - an increase of $71,240;
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - an increase of $50,033;
  • Cocoa and cocoa preparations (HS code 18) - an increase of $43,302.

The largest declines in Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes (HS code 27) - a decrease of $4,991,461;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $269,369;
  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $173,152;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - a decrease of $101,907;
  • Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers (HS code 07) - a decrease of $40,862.
Russia’s exports to North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of exports
in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total export Value of exports
in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
01 Live animals 0 0.00 5,593-100.00
03 Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates 118,940 1.02 0
04 Dairy produce; birds eggs; natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included 120 0.00 0
07 Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers 0 0.00 40,862-100.00
10 Cereals 152,972 1.31 0
11 Products of the milling industry; malt; starches; inulin; wheat gluten 258,614 2.21 0
12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruits; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder 0 0.00 30,584-100.00
15 Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes 604,059 5.17 0
17 Sugars and sugar confectionery 21,116 0.18 0
18 Cocoa and cocoa preparations 43,302 0.37 0
19 Preparations of cereals, flour, starch or milk; bakers’ wares 12,633 0.11 8,58747.12
20 Preparations of vegetables, fruit, nuts or other parts of plants 939 0.01 0
21 Miscellaneous edible preparations 71,240 0.61 0
22 Beverages, spirits and vinegar 32,356 0.28 23,74436.27
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 0 0.00 101,907-100.00
27 Mineral fuels, mineral oils and products of their distillation; bituminous substances; mineral waxes 9,601,626 82.18 14,593,087-34.20
30 Pharmaceutical products 179,621 1.54 0
32 Tanning or dyeing extracts; dyes, pigments, paints, varnishes, putty and mastics 517 0.00 0
34 Soap, organic surface-active agents, washing preparations, lubricating preparations, artificial waxes, prepared waxes, polishing or scouring preparations, candles and similar articles, modeling pastes, "dental waxes" and dental preparations with a basis of plaster 339 0.00 47621.28
35 Albuminoidal substances; modified starches; glues; enzymes 12 0.00 0
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 186 0.00 269,555-99.93
39 Plastics and articles thereof 1,011 0.01 0
40 Rubber and articles thereof 2,866 0.02 10,720-73.26
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 233 0.00 0
44 Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal 651 0.01 0
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 1,509 0.01 1361,009.56
49 Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; manuscripts, typescripts and plans 19 0.00 0
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 7,159 0.06 0
57 Carpets and other textile floor coverings 152 0.00 0
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 571-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 31 0.00 0
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 5,128 0.04 2,075147.13
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 4,066 0.03 0
64 Footwear, gaiters and the like; parts of such articles 2,433 0.02 0
65 Headgear and parts thereof 125 0.00 0
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 178 0.00 0
70 Glass and glassware 15 0.00 0
72 Iron and steel 840 0.01 0
73 Articles of iron or steel 38,328 0.33 13,541183.05
74 Copper and articles thereof 68 0.00 23195.65
76 Aluminum and articles thereof 966 0.01 2,098-53.96
82 Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; parts thereof of base metal 2,477 0.02 359589.97
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 520 0.00 317,233.33
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 375,091 3.21 165,624126.47
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 56,546 0.48 6,513768.20
86 Railway or tramway locomotives, rolling-stock and parts thereof; railway or tramway track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; mechanical (including electro-mechanical) traffic signalling equipment of all kinds 1,793 0.02 237656.54
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 54,603 0.47 227,755-76.03
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 3,094 0.03 5,549-44.24
91 Clocks and watches and parts thereof 6 0.00 0
94 Furniture; bedding, mattresses, mattress supports, cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; lamps and lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; illuminated sign illuminated nameplates and the like; prefabricated buildings 3,399 0.03 0
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 6 0.00 0
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 237 0.00 0
SS Classified 21,877 0.19 0

Russia’s Imports from North Korea

The major share of Russian imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 (and in the 3rd quarter of 2016) was accounted for the following product types:

  • Textiles, textile products and footwear (HS codes 50-67) - 59.09% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (8.88% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Chemical products (HS codes 28-40) - 7.90% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (7.89% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Machinery, equipment and vehicles (HS codes 84-90) - 5.25% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (53.84% in the 3rd quarter of 2016);
  • Mineral products (HS codes 25-27) - 1.96% of Russia’s total imports from North Korea (0.00% in the 3rd quarter of 2016).

The largest gains in Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted (HS code 62) - an increase of $800,440;
  • Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 92) - an increase of $134,289;
  • Plastics and articles thereof (HS code 39) - an increase of $94,451;
  • Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement (HS code 25) - an increase of $28,257;
  • Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles (HS code 85) - an increase of $14,506;
  • Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof (HS code 84) - an increase of $12,734;
  • Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations (HS code 33) - an increase of $4,339.

The largest declines in Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 over the 3rd quarter of 2016 were recorded for the following product groups:

  • Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof (HS code 87) - a decrease of $383,539;
  • Miscellaneous chemical products (HS code 38) - a decrease of $53,267;
  • Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use (HS code 59) - a decrease of $16,682;
  • Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted (HS code 61) - a decrease of $4,950;
  • Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof (HS code 90) - a decrease of $4,411.
Russia’s imports from North Korea in the 3rd quarter of 2017 by product groups
HS
code
Name of product group Value of imports in Q3 2017,
US dollars ($)
Percent share in total import Value of imports in Q3 2016,
US dollars ($)
Percent change
in Q3 2017
over Q3 2016
09 Coffee, tea, maté and spices 64 0.00 0
25 Salt; sulfur; earths and stone; plastering materials, lime and cement 28,257 1.96 0
33 Essential oils and resinoids; perfumery, cosmetic or toilet preparations 4,740 0.33 4011,082.04
38 Miscellaneous chemical products 0 0.00 53,267-100.00
39 Plastics and articles thereof 104,685 7.28 10,234922.91
40 Rubber and articles thereof 4,179 0.29 0
42 Articles of leather; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut) 137 0.01 1370.00
48 Paper and paperboard; articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard 0 0.00 3-100.00
56 Wadding, felt and nonwovens; special yarns, twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof 0 0.00 123-100.00
59 Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use 0 0.00 16,682-100.00
61 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted 47,174 3.28 52,124-9.50
62 Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted 802,942 55.81 2,50231,992.01
63 Other made up textile articles; sets; worn clothing and worn textile articles; rags 23 0.00 545-95.78
68 Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials 0 0.00 440-100.00
73 Articles of iron or steel 4,730 0.33 2,023133.81
74 Copper and articles thereof 684 0.05 0
83 Miscellaneous articles of base metal 69 0.00 0
84 Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; parts thereof 21,887 1.52 9,153139.12
85 Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles 18,916 1.31 4,410328.93
87 Vehicles other than railway or tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof 25,772 1.79 409,311-93.70
90 Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; parts and accessories thereof 8,943 0.62 13,354-33.03
92 Musical instruments; parts and accessories of such articles 365,365 25.39 231,07658.11
95 Toys, games and sports requisites; parts and accessories thereof 183 0.01 11657.76
96 Miscellaneous manufactured articles 0 0.00 4,294-100.00

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Source: Federal Customs Service of Russia